Queen of Hearts Slot from Novomatic

It is not very often you see cherubs above the reels of a casino slot – or for that latter a symbol with a proper fairy tale caste surrounded by spiked turrets. Queen of Hearts from Novomatic is a 5-reel video slot which is centered around a beautiful blonde queen. There is a free spins bonus round, which includes extra cherubs flying over the reels depositing hearts (wilds). This game includes the features and sounds which have kept Novomatic slots popular in casinos around the world over the years. This review is based on the Deluxe version of the game, which has now replaced the original with upgraded graphics and animations.


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How to Win on Queen of Hearts

Big and bold red heart symbols play a central role in this game. These are wild symbols (as usual replacing regular symbols, though not scatters) and pay from just 1 of a kind in the left reel. The top prize is 10,000 coins for 5 hearts on one of the 10 win lines. You’ll also get 2,000 coins for 4, 200 for 3 and 10 coins for 2.

The next biggest prize is a very detailed and realistic looking yellow rose. This is worth 3,000 coins for 5 of a kind, and pays all the way down to 2 from the left. The other unique symbols, castles, rings and crowns all share a top prize of 500 coins for 4 (though the payouts for smaller numbers of these symbols do vary). Playing card symbols have been designed to fit with the theme – especially the jack, which has a heart included – and pay out the smaller wins as usual.

I have not mentioned the queen herself – which is the scatter symbol. She has two roles on the reels. First to pay out a scatter win for the total number of Queen symbols visible on the reels. The top prize for this is 4,000 coins for 5. Second, to trigger the free spins bonus game – you’ll need 3+ anywhere in view for this.

Flying Cherubs in the Queen of Hearts Bonus Game

You’ll get 10 free spins when you trigger the bonus, and some classical music will kick in too. The main difference in this feature comes from having extra wilds added to the reels after many of the spins. While adding wilds is nothing new in slot gaming, the method of delivery is unique. You’ll see mini Cherubs flying in from right to left holding the big heart symbols. They drop them randomly onto the reels, and extra wins are recalculated.

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Soft Focus Design and 10 Line Setup

The design is very pink, pastel and classical. Above the reels you’ll see 3 cherubs either side of the logo, which is based around a giant heart with a sunrise behind it. The reels are framed with gold (with yet more hearts on top of the first and last reels) with a marble effect backdrop. Symbols are very detailed and nicely produced. The fairy tale castle really stands out, though the crown and ring are also elaborate.

When you win with the Queen symbol, she smiles at you and a sparkle comes into her eye. This does look kind of strange, though it is easy to see what Novomatic is trying to do here. When you trigger the bonus game the Queen will stand up within the symbols, revealing a regal looking full length pink dress. The only other animation of note are the flying cherubs within the bonus game – which are very smoothly produced.

Sounds are a curious mix of classical music (which plays constantly in the bonus game, though only after wins in the base game) and the bleeps and whirrs which Novomatic use for most of their games.

This slot has 10 win-lines, and plenty of flexibility in the size of coins you play. You can use the auto-play option, and will be offered the regular gamble after win based on the turn of a playing card.

Overall Experience

The graphics for this game are a step up from many Novomatic titles, with a lot of detail in the symbols and some effective animations too. There is nothing too special in the game play, this is a solid slot with only the single free spins bonus game to aim for. Those extra wilds during that bonus game should keep the wins coming – though the 10,000-coin top win from the main game would also be very welcome.